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All 3 and 4-year-olds in England already get 15 hours a week, or 570 hours a year of free early education. If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare. An extra 570 hours of free childcare a year, so 1140 hours in total. 30 hours free childcare will be available from September 2017.

30 hours of free Childcare!


Congratulations to Rosie Pike from Sedgemoor Play Day.


Rosie has worked tirelessly for many years, to organise and  fundraise for a great free day out for children and families across the county.   The play day at Apex Park, Burnham on Sea, now attracts over 6000 people.


Congratulations Rosie!


Thank you to everyone who sent in nominations, we have some fabulous play opportunities for children and their families right across the county

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Have your say: Proposed changes to the County Council’s support and services for children and their families

For information the above 8 week public consultation has now launched (Monday 5th November).

We want to hear as many people’s views on our proposed changes to the support the County Council provides for children and their families. So we would appreciate it if you could promote the consultation and the information “Drop in” sessions detailed below with your colleagues. If you have anyone else who you think may be interested in this, please can you also let them know the details, if you could let us know who they are so we can include them within our communications plan.

How can people get involved?

People can share their views by completing a questionnaire which is available online at, or a hard copy which is available in the 8 main Family Centres and libraries, and at the information “Drop in” sessions (Detailed below).

Date Venue Time

Wednesday 14th November Frome Library, Justice Lane, BA11 1BE 1.00pm - 6.00pm
Monday 19th November The Hub, Hopcott Road, Minehead, TA24 6DJ 10.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 22nd November Taunton Library, (Wellbeing Zone), Paul Street, TA1 3XZ 10.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 28th November Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 7AS 10.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Yeovil Methodist Church, Vicarage Walk, Middle Street, BA20 1JZ 10.00am - 6.00pm

If anyone would like a hard copy sent to them, or any of the information in an alternative format, for example larger print or translated into a different language, please email or telephone 01823 357479.

The closing date for consultation responses is 5pm, Monday 31 December 2018.

GET SET Consultation

November - Early Years Bulletin - available here